With all of the talk leading up to yesterday’s match focused upon whether Roy Hodgson should persevere with Wayne Rooney, the pressure was on for the 28 year old to deliver. After spurning a glorious opportunity in the first half, the Manchester United forward delivered the perfect riposte to his critics by grabbing the equaliser, his FIRST ever goal at a World Cup.

However, Rooney’s strike was not enough to prevent the Three Lions slipping to a second consecutive defeat. The brace from Luis Suarez leaves England’s hopes of qualifying hanging by a thread as Hodgson’s men now have to rely upon Italy to emerge victorious in both of their remaining fixtures.

Moved to his preferred central role, many fans commended Rooney for delivering an improved performance to his showing in Manaus.

But in a team display characterised by nervousness and defensive weakness, some supporters still argued that the 28 year old had failed to deliver once again.

Despite having a goal and an assist from two matches, there are clearly those that feel we should expect more from Rooney. But is the forward just a convenient scapegoat for England’s current woes?

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